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Bilton and Woodfield Community Library animation workshops a huge success


Stop-frame animator Dawn Feather from InspirED workshops fired the imagination of families at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library and Stokesley Library during the first of four free workshops.

Young people created their own animations, which were inspired by the writing of Roald Dahl. The workshops are being delivered as part of North Yorkshire’s Creative Residencies Artists into Libraries project, funded by Arts Council England.

There are further opportunities for anyone aged seven or over to get hands-on experience of the stop-motion animation technique, which involves designing, modelling, filming and editing an animation.

By the end of each workshop participants are be able to animate their own stories at home using a tablet or smartphone. Children and adults are all welcome to take part.




Comments on the first workshops included:

“It’s fantastic that children can go on from this workshop and use what they have learnt immediately from skills taught today using their imagination.”

‘‘The workshops are really inspiring for young animators.”

“It was really fun and easy to do.”
The remaining workshops take place at Bilton and Woodfield Library on Wednesdays through August from 10am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 4pm. Contact the library to book on 01423 564630 or email

At Stokesley Library, the workshops are on Monday, August 15 and Monday, August 22, from 10am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 4pm. Contact the library on 01609 533461 or email


County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire County Council Executive Member for Library and Information Services, said:

The Creative Residences programme strengthens the library’s role as a hub within the community and offers people a valuable opportunity to explore their creativity.’




Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature and crafts to collections. B

etween 2015 and 2018, it plans to invest £1.1 billion of public money from the Government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help to create these across the country.

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